Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


WHOI Data Science Summer Series 2019

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- June 20, Research computing, Smith Conf. Room, 11am-noon seminar, 1-4pm tutorial: Introduction to and hands-on with Jetstream cloud computing platform led by Jeremy Fischer (Indiana Univ.)

Funded by NSF, Jetstream is a user-friendly cloud environment created to give researchers and students access to computing and data analysis resources on demand. Jetstream may be used for creating workflows to either use at smaller scale with a handful of CPUs or to port to larger environments after doing your proof of concept work at a smaller level.

Atmosphere is well-suited to both novices and advanced users of HPC resources. This tutorial is generally aimed at those unfamiliar with cloud computing. While we will not cover advanced topics in this particular tutorial, we will touch on the available advanced capabilities during the initial overview.

- July 3, Artificial intelligence, Clark 507, noon-1pm discussion: Winning the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo! Using data science skills to predict weather better with Ray Schmitt (WHOI P.O.) and sons Eric (Veryst Engineering) and Stephen (NetApp)

- July 22, Data analysis and visualization, Clark 507, tutorial: Introduction to Python Data Analysis Library (pandas) led by Joe Futrelle (WHOI IS)

- July 26, 30, or 31, Bioinformatics, Smith Conf. Room, discussion: Speeding Up Science: Why and how to adopt new tools for bioinformatics with C. Titus Brown (UC Davis) and Harriet Alexander (WHOI Bio.)

Sponsored by WHOI Doherty Chair in Education through Academic Programs and co-sponsored by WHOI Ocean Informatics initiative, MBLWHOI Library, and WHOI Information Services.

NSF solicitations for Real-Time Machine Learning and Geoinformatics

NSF and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are teaming up through a new Real-Time Machine Learning (RTML) program to explore high-performance, energy-efficient hardware and machine learning architectures that can learn from a continuous stream of new data in real time. NSF and DARPA are issuing separate RTML funding opportunities that will offer collaboration opportunities to awardees from both programs throughout the duration of their projects. Deadline for full proposals is June 6, 2019.

New Geoinformatics solicitation due August 15, 2019.

Request for Proposals: Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab will provide seed funding (maximum $10,000) for projects lasting 6 - 8 months, addressing:

  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community recommended best practices — the use of open source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth science data.
  • Development or use of Open Data Cubes, particularly with a focus on delivering data and information to end-user communities.

Although this RFP will give priority to proposals addressing the bulleted topics above, other high-quality proposals will also be given consideration. Deadline: June 21, 2019


What is Informatics?

Informatics can be described as the science and technologies that transform data into information and knowledge. Informatics is more than computer science or information technology. It refers to the structures, behavior and interactions of systems that store, process, and communicate information. Examples of domain-specific informatics include: Bioinformatics, Biodiversity informatics, Geoinformatics, and Social informatics. The science and technologies of Ocean informatics are now emerging, with many examples shown here in the Projects tab on this webpage.

Ocean Informatics at WHOI

Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI began in 2013 and has several strategic goals (see Phase 2 page). The Ocean Informatics advisory group currently consists of Stace Beaulieu (coordinator of the group, in Biology Dept.), Danie Kinkade (Biology), Joe Futrelle (IS), and Lisa Raymond (Co-Director MBLWHOI Library). Please feel free to contact any member of the group with questions. Also, please contact us if you are interested in joining the advisory group.

Phase 1 was active from 2009-2013, led by a 4-person Ocean Informatics Working Group. This Working Group recommended a strategy and an action plan to build a robust data informatics infrastructure at WHOI. Thanks to a modest budget provided by the WHOI directorate alongside synergistic staff resources provided by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the group achieved its initial core mission of initiating and expanding a basic Ocean Informatics infrastructure at WHOI. The group and partners brought in external support, established new collaborations, and produced a suite of software tools along with other accomplishments detailed in a final report (see Phase 1 page).

Last updated: June 3, 2019